THREE members of the Zimbabwe National Army died on the spot and several others were injured yesterday when their luxury coach was involved in a road accident at the 300km peg along the Harare-Chirundu Road.

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore said the bus was carrying recruits for a training exercise in the Zambezi Valley and Makuti area.

"Two officer cadets and a member of staff died on the spot and several were injured. Names of the deceased will be announced when the next of kin have been informed," Makotore said.

"The injured have been airlifted to Karoi and Kariba hospitals respectively and seven of those with life-threatening injuries were airlifted to Harare."

Meanwhile, two gold panners are feared dead after a disused mineshaft they were working in at Falcon Gold Mine in Chakari collapsed and buried them alive yesterday morning.

Sources said four panners were underground when the tragedy occurred, trapping three of them underground. One escaped and reported the case to the local councillor who immediately alerted the police.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the incident and said two panners were rescued while the third one was yet to be accounted for.

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